Francis J. DuCoin, avid Civil War collector and historian
When Lieut. John Taylor Wood on board the CSS Virginia fired his cannon at the pilothouse of the USS Monitor, the shot set in motion events that remain murky 154 years later – who actually won this first engagement between ironclads? History has provided an answer, but what did the men who were there, the combatants, think? Their observations and thoughts, compiled from original documents, may surprise you.
Francis J. DuCoin earned his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University and his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He has worked with the curators and historians of the USS Monitor Center conducting research on the Monitor’s turret and its control mechanisms. He has given numerous presentations on Civil War ironclads. When he is not running his busy dental practice in Stuart, Florida, he is an avid Civil War collector and historian with a special interest in Civil War photography and naval history.